Design Inspirations for 2016

Continuously hunting new interior products, design + colour trends - I guess you could call it an occupational hazard, but for me it is definitely an obsession. The thrill of discovering new products - homewares, furniture, artwork - created by up and coming new talent and the old faithfuls, there's just nothing like laying eyes on an incredible piece of artwork for the first time, or a truly unique furniture design that's just hit the market.

Same goes for colour and seasonal trends - understanding how popular colour palettes are often driven by current societal environments, captured in the latest catwalk fashion and spread across interior colour spectrums over seasons, really is an evolution to behold.  So being the colour and design junkie I am, I find myself addicted to studying design and colour forecasts for coming seasons and thinking of ways to apply them throughout our client projects. For me, a key consideration is how current colour and design trends can be paired with tried and tested old classics, to deliver a sense of timelessness (even in an on-trend edgy setting). Capturing this mix in a way that appeals to each client's preferences is the next challenge, to ensure the space is truly personal and relevant. 

Milan Design Week has just drawn to a close and it was awash with plenty of new and interesting trends and design aesthetics. I've listed a few notable elements that we'll be integrating into our 2016 design work below:


Colour + Design Forecast 2016

Rose Quartz and Serenity 

According to the authority in International colour trends – Pantone – the colours to embrace this year are calming, muted palettes – to be specific - a pastel pink called Rose Quartz and a powder blue called Serenity. These colours can be used in a simple setting of white walls and soft tones for a minimalist vibe, or with deeper earthy tones for a more exotic feel. True to previous years, this colour selection was born out of our current societal environment - a moving trend to design calming and serene spaces which create sanctuaries from the noise of cyber space and the endless need to be connected. A well sort after setting in the these modern fast paced times. 


To add depth to these sugary pink and blue tones, burnt oranges, browns, dusty greens and other earthy colours made a big appearance in the trend forecast. 

The use of Ombre - the gradual fading of one colour into the next - was also predicted to be a huge trend this season and was specifically captured in Calico Studios Aurora wallpaper using Pantone’s colour trend call outs – Rose Quartz & Serenity:

A lasting trend carried over from 2015 is the use of warm metallics to liven up colour palettes – rose gold, copper, brass and gold, paired with natural materials such as timber and marble. No complaints here - I can't get enough of this mixed material look. 

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Norsu Interiors

via Norsu Interiors

These design trends are already being showcased in the new collections from some of my favourite brands: Hay, Muuto and Ferm Living - head over to their websites for some serious interior lusting.

Harking back to the 1970’s, furniture and décor design is set to take on a fluid and bold tone using polished metals, geometric patterns and of course walnut! Coloured glass will be big contender among the mix, showcased in seasonal shades. And let’s not forget indoor plants and how huge they were in the 70’s… unsurprisingly making a massive resurgence for 2016:


Well I don’t know about you, but I am INSPIRED to get designing. Inspired and ready to rock some of these trends in our 2016 Minted Interiors client projects - watch this space... 


Tess Beagley